Wal-Mart Recalls Space Heaters

A massive recall of about 2.2 million <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Flow Pro, Airtech, Aloha Breeze, and Comfort Essentials Heaters have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. Consumers are advised to stop using the recalled heaters and notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The recalled Flow Pro, Airtech, Aloha Breeze, and Comfort Essentials Heaters, which were manufactured in China, were imported by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Arkansas, and were sold at Wal-Mart stores nationwide from December 2001 through October 2009 for about $18.

The heaters can malfunction, resulting in overheating, smoking, burning, melting, and fire,the CPSC said. To date, Wal-Mart has received 21 reports of incidents, which included 11 reports of property damage beyond the heater. Injuries were reported in four incidents, three of which required medical attention for minor burns and smoke inhalation. The remaining incidents included smoke irritation, sparking, or property damage beyond the heater.

This recall involves Flow Pro, Airtech, Aloha Breeze, and Comfort Essentials 1500-watt heaters. The heaters are gray with a metal handle on the top with vents, and grey control knobs on the front. The model number is 1013 and can be found on a label on the lower left corner of the back panel of the heater.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled heater and return the product to any Wal-Mart store for a full refund. Wal-Mart can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.925.6278 between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., Central Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.walmart.com.

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